12.6 Holiday Open House
Spread a little holiday cheer at the Northwest Florida Ronald McDonald House, located at 5200 Bayou Blvd., December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 477-2273.
12.6 Free Holiday Concert
The Pensacola State College Concert Chorale and Jazz Choir, “Entertainers,” will present a free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. Tickets are not required, seating begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Xiaolun Chun at 484-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
12.6-12.9 & 12.13-12.16 A Christmas Carol at UWF
Watch the tale of Scrooge come alive on the University of West Florida stage, 11000 University Pkwy. This will be the sixth year for the holiday production. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the play will begin at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16, $12 for senior citizens and active military, $10 for non-UWF students and UWF faculty and staff, $5 for high school students and free for UWF students with their Nautilus cards. Call 857-6057 for more information.
12.7 9th Annual Gallery Night in Downtown Milton
Starting at 5:30 p.m., downtown Milton will be lit with Christmas lights for Gallery Night. The event will feature Santa Claus, a live nativity scene, horse drawn carriage rides, peppermint trolley and more. For more information, visit santarosaarts.org.
12.7 Lighted Boat Parade
From Little Sabine Bay to the Boardwalk, decorated boats will parade for those watching from the shore or waterfront businesses. Children will be given glow sticks to illuminate the landing site. Captains compete for prizes and children can meet with Santa at Bamboo Willies. For more information, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.7-12.9, 12.14-12.24, 12.26-12.30 Cookies with Santa
At the Gulf Breeze Zoo, kids can enjoy the Christmas lights and have a snack with the man in the red suit. Cookies with Santa is from 5 to 6 p.m. and is for toddlers to 9-year-olds. Tickets are $25, ZooLights admission is included. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.
12.7-12.9, 12.14-12.16, 12.21-12.24 & 12.26-12.30 Zoo Lights
Enjoy the Gulf Breeze zoo at night while it’s lit with thousands of holiday lights. The lights are on from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and children, half-off for season pass holders. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.
12.7-12.8 St. Christopher’s Christmas Caravan
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will present its 56th Annual Christmas Caravan, located at 3200 N. 12th Ave. The parish hall will be open on Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. for a bake sale along with bazaar sales. At 11 a.m. is the luncheon for $10. Tour of the homes begins at 10 a.m., tickets are $10. On Saturday, enjoy at candlelight dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, call 433-0074 or visit scpen.org.
12.7-12.9 Christmas on the Coast
The annual Christmas on the Coast production begins 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 with following dates, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Pensacola Saenger, 118 S. Palafox. Ticket prices are $20-$36 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit pensacolachildrenschorus.com.
12.7-12.9 & 12.13-12.16 A Christmas Story
Watch your favorite Christmas movie come to life on the Pensacola Little Theatre stage, 400 S. Jefferson St. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 9 enjoy a Chinese Christmas dinner after the performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Performance tickets are $14-$30, half-off for children 12 and under. For more information, call 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.
12.7, 12.14 & 12.26 Ice Sculpture Demonstrations
Watch as master craftsmen wield a chainsaw against towering blocks of solid ice to create beautiful works of zoo themed art. Sculptures will remain available for photo opportunities throughout the evening. The demonstrations begin at 6 p.m. at Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.
12.8 Kowabunga Breakfast
Kids get to meet Surfing Santa and parents enjoy free mimosas with their meals. It’s a win-win at Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. For more information, call 932-1417 or visit thesurfburger.com.
12.8 First City Art Center Open House and Pottery Sale
Take a look at the new art center and purchase some holiday gifts at the pottery sale. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at First City Art Center, 1040 N. Guillemard St. For more information call 429-1222 or visit firstcityart.com.
12.8 Winter Wonderland and Boatyard Craft Fair
Before you head to the skating rink and games, check out the craft fair at Blue Wahoos Stadium, 301 W, Main St. For more information, call 934-8444 ext. 122 or visit bluewahoos.com.
12.8 Santa’s Workshop at Blue Morning Gallery
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Morning Gallery, located at 21 S. Palafox, children aged nine and under are invited to a free workshop to make ornaments and gift items. Cookies and punch are provided, as well as holiday cheer from Santa and Winterfest characters. For more information, call 429-9100.
12.8 Chumuckla Christmas Parade
The afternoon parade begins at 3:30 p.m. in across from Chumuckla Elementary, 2413 Hwy. 182. For more information, call 503-6575.
12.8 Downtown Parade Christmas Dash
Right before the parade watch out for the runners at 5 p.m. The one mile fun run kicks off the parade. The first 400 finishers will receive a giant candy cane. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Pick up registration packets at Running Wild, 3012 E. Cervantes St. For more information, contact Steve Miller at 572-3625 or email@example.com.
12.8 Pensacola Christmas Parade
The annual parade draws over 50,000 people to downtown Pensacola. The parade begins at 5:15 p.m. and includes local high school bands, the Blue Angels flight team as well as other local and regional organizations. For more information, visit coxpensacolachristmasparade.org.
12.9 Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
Head to Shaggy’s, 701 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, for cookie decorating starting at noon. For more information, call 934-4852 or visit shaggys.biz.
12.9 Surfing Santa Beach Parade
Floats make their way down the island’s main street sharing candy and trinkets for children of all ages, starting at 2 p.m. Santa will be delivered to the Gulfside Pavillion where children can meet with him and take photos.
12.9 Christmas Cantata: Christmas on the Air
The cantata begins at 6 p.m. at Pine Forest Estates Baptist Church, 2550 W. Nine Mile Rd. For more information, call 478-1691 or visit pfebaptist.org.
12.9 Christmas at Hillcrest
Bring a friend to see The Mile High Denver & Orchestra at Hillcrest Church, 800 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so reserve yours today. Call 476-2233 or visit hillcrestchurch.com for more information.
12.11 ARC Gateway’s Tree of Lights
Enjoy a festive evening while doing good. ARC Gateway and the Northwest Florida Blood Center will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. in honor of Donna Fassett, the organization’s executive director who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. After the drive, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa under the lights of a 20-foot tree while the ARC Gateway Choir sings Christmas carols in memory, gratitude and celebration of loved ones. Lights may be purchased for a $10 donation and blood drive appointments can be made by calling 434-2638 x225. The tree lighting is free and open to the public at the Pollak Training Center, 1010 E. Fairfield Dr. For more information, visit arc-gateway.org.
12.14-12.16 Ballet Pensacola’s Nutcracker
The annual classic features the music of Tchaikovsky and the unforgettable tale of Clara and the dream of her Nutcracker Prince inside the Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$32. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger.com or balletpensacola.com.
12.14-12.16 & 12.18-12.23 Winterfest Trolley
Downtown Pensacola becomes Christmas Town through the eyes of Winterfest. Take a ride on the red trolley or carriage and see your favorite holiday characters come to life. The tour begins at the historic Escambia County Courthouse, 223 S. Palafox, where you can get your picture taken with Santa or take in a free show by Rudolph’s Revue. Tours begin at 5 p.m. To book your tour, call 417-7321 or visit pensacolawinterfest.org.
12.15 Breakfast with Santa
On Saturday, Dec. 15, brings your kids to First United Methodist Church of Pace, located at 4540 Chumuckla Hwy. for Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There will be balloons, bouncers, face painting, crafts and pictures with Santa. For more information, call 994-5608 or visit pacefumc.org.
12.16 Christmas Cantata
The Beach Community Church, located on Via DeLuna Drive at the corner of Avenida 18, invites everyone to their annual Christmas concert starting at 10 a.m.
12.16 “The Greatest Story Ever Told”
From 8:30 to 11 a.m., enjoy the cantata at First United Methodist Church of Pace, 4540 Chumuckla Hwy. The cost is free. Call 994-5608 or visit pacefumc.org.
12.17 Kid’s Cookie Workshop
Kids get to take over the kitchen at End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. On December 17, at 5:30 p.m., kids can bake and decorate their holiday cookies. Register by December 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 429-0336.
12.17-12.18 Pensacola Civic Band’s Holiday Concert
The Pensacola Civic Band will present its annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Pensacola State Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. Listen to holiday classic and new compositions. All tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area high school band students and Pensacola State students. For ticket reservations, call 484-1847. For more information, contact Don Snowden at 484-1800 or email@example.com.
12.17-12.19 Holiday Cabaret
Presented by Coastal Cabaret Ensemble, the Holiday Cabaret features local performers singing classic carols to hymns to modern holiday songs at Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. Tickets range from $14-$30. For more information, call 434-0257 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.
12.20 3rd Annual Carols in Olde Seville Square
The caroling begins at 6 p.m. on Alcaniz and Adams Street, in downtown Pensacola.
12.22 It’s a Wonderful Life
Watch the classic holiday movie, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, projected on the Saenger stage, located at 118 S. Palafox. All seats are general admission and cost $5. Tickets are only available at the box office, get yours now. For more information, call 595-3880 or visit pensacolasaenger.com.
12.23 Tidings of Comfort and Joy
WUWF’s popular night of music features music provided by The Perdido Brass, flutist Stephanie Riegle, harpist Katie Ott, pianist Tina Buran and soprano Sewell Griffith inside the Old Christ Church, 120 East Church St. There will be three performances at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 474-2787 or visit wuwf.org.
12.24 Candlelight and Carols
The Beach Community Church, located on Via DeLuna Drive at the corner of Avenida 18, will have a Candlelight and Carols service at 6 p.m.
12.24 Candlelight and Carols at First United Methodist Church
In pace, enjoy this special Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pace, 4540 Chumuckla Hwy. Call 994-5608 or visit pacefumc.org.